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Production Workshop

Our Production students bring visions to life in dedicated workshops filled with specialist machinery and equipment, including a paintshop.


The paintshop at the Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks is a large purpose built painting studio which has a static paint frame which is accessed by an automated bridge. This is used for painting backdrops and gauzes. Additionally, there is 12 x 7m of uninterrupted floor space, with a head height of 5.5m.

All of the sets and backdrops for the Conservatoire’s in house productions are painted in the paintshop. There’s a wide variety of performances each year including; Drama, Musicals, Operas and Pantomimes.

Scenic Art/Production Arts students also use the paintshop to learn drawing, painting, texturing, faux finishing and all other aspects of traditional and contemporary scenic art techniques.

Two industrial sinks, with sump allow for the safe use and cleaning of equipment when using water based paints. Spray painting is facilitated by a silent compressor.


The wardrobe department is a bright new workroom that’s well equipped with industrial and domestic sewing machines, overlockers, irons, Stockman dummies and a comprehensive collection of costume books and references.

There’s an excellent cutting table and the department has plenty of storage for fabrics, haberdashery, patterns and books.

A fitting area with two generous changing rooms also occupies the room, and we have an enviable costume and shoe store and a well equipped maintenance room.

BA Production Arts & Design students use the department to learn a variety of specialisms such as millinery, pattern cutting and costume construction. Four full-time Costume Tutors and a Lecturer in Costume are based in this department.

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